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Snarfburger earned Judge’s Choice and Cherry Cricket was crowned People’s Choice winner at Denver’s ultimate burger showdown on August 3
GOLDEN, Colo. (August 4, 2023) – Out of the 20 “beefing” restaurants, Snarfburger and Cherry Cricket took home the coveted trophies sponsored by Society Insurance at last night’s Denver Burger Battle at Auraria Campus. Snarfburger clenched the Judge’s Choice, while Cherry Cricket, the all-time winningest restaurant Denver Burger Battle, was named the People’s Choice award winner.
The Snarfburger Double by Snarfburger was awarded Judge’s Choice by a panel of eight judges that included local TV hosts, food personalities and food entrepreneurs. The Snarfburger Double featured a double beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, mustard, ketchup and hot sauce on a buttery toasted bun.
“We put our trust in our classic Snarfburger and it has yet to fail us,” said Snarfburger Area Manager Khalil Kong-Quee. “Two years ago when we won Judge’s Choice, we saw huge sales increases. People come in chasing the burger from the battle, then become lifelong fans.”
The more than 1,500 attendees crowned the Cricket Royale burger by Cherry Cricket the People’s Choice award winner. The Cricket Royale featured braised short rib, bone marrow, caramelized onions, duxelles, melted cave aged swiss cheese, roasted garlic onion jam, black pepper aioli and crispy onions on a pretzel bun. This is the fourth Denver Burger Battle in a row Cherry Cricket has taken home a trophy.
“Crafting our entry is an incredibly collaborative process – each store presents two burgers back in January, then we whittle down to one finalist burger that we perfect for weeks,” said Cherry Cricket Littleton General Manager Samantha Taxin. “Even though this is the fourth Denver Burger Battle in a row Cherry Cricket has taken home a trophy, winning never gets less exciting or special.”
This year’s participants included:
5280 Burger Bar
Blue Moon Brewery
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Edgewater Beer Garden (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Hickory & Ash (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Lucy’s Burger Bar
Mighty Burger (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Next Door Street Bar (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Roadhouse Boulder Depot (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Slater’s 50/50 (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Stanley Beer Hall
Stoic & Genuine
Stoney’s Uptown Joint
Tap & Burger
The Original (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Uptown & Humboldt
Established in 2010, this tasting event includes unlimited samplings of burgers, sides, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails.
A portion of proceeds from the sales of tickets benefited Firefly Autism, a nonprofit that seeks to transform the lives of children with autism.
High resolution photos from this year’s event can be found here – more to come.
Denver Burger Battle
Denver Burger Battle is a Team Player Productions event with one simple goal: to determine the BEST burger in Colorado. A team of burger experts and enthusiasts carefully vets and hand selects each competing burger, so guests have the chance to taste and vote from an impressive, curated bracket of local restaurants. The 2023 showdown goes down on Thursday, Aug. 3, at Auraria Campus, and benefits local nonprofit partners. For more information, visit www.DenverBurgerBattle.com, or follow @DenverBurgerBattle on Facebook and Instagram.
About Team Player Productions
Founded more than 25 years ago in Denver, Team Player Productions (TPP) has produced and managed more than 400 events around the country, raising more than $2 million for its various nonprofit partners. TPP has created and continues to produce beloved annual events including Vail Wine Classic, Breckenridge Wine Classic and Vail Craft Beer Classic, and adopted others, such as Denver Burger Battle and the Boulder Creek Festival. The company was also the originator of events including Taste of Fort Collins, Steamboat Wine Festival and Park City Food & Wine Classic. TPP consults and produces events for a portfolio of clients as well, such as Goose Island Beer Co., Blue Point Brewing Co., Great Divide Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, Red Bull, City of Centennial, Anheuser-Busch, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities, and CraftWorks Foundation. For more information, visit TPPEvents.com, or follow @TPPEvents on Facebook and @TeamPlayerProductions on Instagram.